PAK v SL 2019: Shahid Afridi cites Pakistan's lack of power-hitters for their defeat to Sri Lanka

Afridi was one of the best power hitters in his day.

Shahid Afridi | AFP

Shahid Afridi blames the lack of power hitters in the Pakistan team for their 3-0 loss to Sri Lanka in the T20I series.

Sri Lanka toured Pakistan recently for a 3-match ODI series followed by a 3-match T20I series. Though the ODI series panned out as per expectations, the T20I series was far from expectations of any cricket fan in the world. The No. 1 T20I side Pakistan lost all three games against a Sri Lankan side, who were far from being their first choice team, that too at home.

Former cricketer Shahid Afridi, who is known for his big hits, believes that Pakistan’s lack of power hitters cost them the series.

Pakistan missed the element of power-hitting in the series against Sri Lanka. We managed to hit only two sixes (five) and we are not seeing the expected talent when it comes to hitting,” he said in a video.

He stated that Pakistan cricket has been supported by power hitters over the years, but named only Abdul Razzaq, before naming power hitters from other countries.

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He said, “Power hitters have always played a very important role in Pakistan cricket, for example Abdul Razzaq was a fine hitter. Meanwhile, players such as Gayle, Pollard, Dhoni are renowned power hitters. Why we are not getting such players is a concern which should be address.

A few days ago, former cricketer and a renowned Pakistani commentator Ramiz Raja had also said that Pakistan team needs a different coach for the T20 format.

I believe that in T20 cricket we need to bring in another coach, and a power-hitter coach in order to correct our direction in this format,” he said.

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By Sameer Deodhar - 15 Oct, 2019

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